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Sharland and Gohil: what does this mean in practice? London, 3 December

Due to popular demand following the Family Section autumn regional seminars, we are pleased to announce that we are hosting a free update seminar on Sharland and Gohil.

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We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of family law and practice


How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

6 October 2015By

In the second installment on emotional health for lawyers, Julian Hall takes a look at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing

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Debate: proposed fee increases for divorce proceedings

11 September 2015By ,

In the first of our debates, Rebecca Harling and Karen Dovaston share their views on the MOJ’s proposals for enhanced fees for divorce proceedings

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How the Law Society library can help family lawyers

4 November 2015

The library has many specialist resources available to family law practitioners. You don’t have to be in London to use the library - read on to find out more about how we can help.


Spotlight: Joy v Joy-Morancho [2015] EWHC 2507 (Fam)Subscription

6 October 2015By

In this complex, high-value case, a husband was able to demonstrate the assets attributed to him were not available for distribution. Sofia Moussaoui was instructed by the respondent 

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Privacy ruling in the family court

2 October 2015By

Appleton v Gallagher confirms that parties in the family court are entitled to privacy in relation to their financial affairs. Rebecca Harling provides an overview of current reporting restrictions in financial remedies proceedings

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

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Webinar: Pensions for family lawyers (6 October 2015)

In one of the four webinars inclusive in 2015 Family Section membership, David Salter and Philip Way provide guidance on the methods of accessing pension funds, the implications on pension sharing and the red flags to watch out for

Daniel Bromilow

Webinar: Cohabitation (19 June 2015)


In one of the four webinars inclusive in 2015 Family Section membership, Daniel Bromilow examines this complex area of law, including recent case law, and what advice to give to couples moving in together or separating

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FAQ: Dispute over professional fees

29 July 2015

The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service outlines the support the Law Society provides for disputes over professional fees and considers whether there is a duty to inform the client 

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FAQ: The engagement of a childminder

30 April 2015

The Law Society’s Library lists precedents for the engagement of a childminder

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Benefits of Membership*

The Family Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Programme has been created in consultation with the Advisory Group and will focus on key issues including:

  • Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court Judgement
  • Family Law Protocol
  • General Children Law update
  • Forced marriages
  • Divorce centres a year on
  • Pensions for family lawyers
  • General financial remedies update
  • Surrogacy
  • Social media as a business tool: Is LinkedIn worth my time?
  • Emotional resilience
  • Domestic Violence
  • Serious Crime Act 2015: FGM provisions

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, Features, Commentary, Webinars, News and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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  • Family ADR boosted by new guidance

    Practice note from head of Family Division could encourage more lawyers to view arbitration as a viable option.

  • Lessons about relationships

    Couples have more and more options over the way they arrange their lives, with marriage (same and opposite sex), civil partnerships (only same sex at present but possibly opposite sex if the current lobby succeeds), and cohabitation and ‘common law marriage’. Each brings different levels of financial obligation and responsibility if the relationship breaks down. They range from marriage, with an equal sharing financial obligation, to cohabitation, with no financial claim arising from ...